Ken tells the story of how he started his career to become one of the foremost environmental writers today. As the eldest son of environmentalist, David Brower, Ken developed an early love of wilderness and was able to convey his thoughts eloquently in writing. In this video, Ken talks about his writing, some ideas concerning wilderness, and reminisces about his famous father.
Among Ken's published environmental works are two very unique biographies: one about the scientist Freeman Dyson and his son, George (The Starship and the Canoe) and the other, a biography of his father (The Wildness Within), which kicked off a one-year celebration of David Brower's 100th birthday.
Robert Garcia shares his story about The City Project, which he founded in Los Angeles in 2000. The City Project exists to build support for city parks as a civil rights issue for communities of color. The City Project is based on the idea that children in the inner cities deserve to have a safe, green, place to play. In order to appreciate nature, children must first experience it for themselves. Robert explains why this issue is important to him.
Michael Murphy is a pioneer in the human potential movement. He co-founded the Esalen Institute with Dick Price in 1962 on the beautiful Big Sur coast in California. For some, Esalen was the "center of the universe" spawning a unique spiritual movement in the 1960s. Michael speaks about his beginning consciousness in environmentalism and how various individuals have informed his life's spiritual work, his concepts about nature, and his overall world view.
Michael Wright, former director of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, shares a snapshot of his 35-years of experience in land conservation. In developing countries, how does conservation affect the poor and subsistence populations in areas targeted for parks? How can we better negotiate international conservation projects so that the projects balance competing interests? Michael has spent his career working on this issue and shares a few ideas.
Don't let his modesty fool you. Michael Wright takes his relay races seriously! Michael shares his view about operating "along the edges" of the environmental movement. In nature, ecologists know that this is the zone where the greatest biological diversity exists. A lawyer by education, Michael is extremely agile at maneuvering among the complexities found in this zone. His 35-year career illustrates his special ability in advancing international conservation and poverty alleviation.
Steve McCormick served as president of the Nature Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, both nonprofit organizations deeply involved in land conservation. Steve shares his views and experiences regarding land conservation, environmental ethics, and wilderness in this short video.